Jamel R. Cayamodin, PhD



Dr. Jamel R. Cayamodin is an Assistant Professor and currently the College Secretary of the Institute of Islamic Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman. He completed his Ph.D. in Human Science in Sociology and Anthropology specializing political behavior at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) in 2013. In the same university, he was once appointed as lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Kulliyyah of Human Science from 2013 to 2014. Prior to his studies in IIUM, he undertook Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) and earned units at the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG), University of the Philippines Diliman. In 2007, he obtained his M.A. degree in Islamic Studies at the Institute of Islamic Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman. In 2005, he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies major in Islamic Law (Shari‘a) at King Faisal Center for Islamic, Arabic and Asian Studies, Mindanao State University, Marawi City.

Dr. Cayamodin is a practicing Shari’a lawyer having successfully passed the Special Shari’a Bar Examinations in 2006 given by the Supreme Court of the Philippines. In 2016, a decade later, he was appointed by the Supreme Court of the Philippines as one of the Bar Examiners during the 2016 Special Shari’a Bar Examinations. In the same year, he completed a Certificate Course on Islamic Law and International Humanitarian Law at Alauddin State Islamic University, in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, sponsored by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

In his extension services, Dr. Cayamodin plays multiple roles as adviser, resource person, consultant and member of technical committees of both government and private organizations and agencies. He has given a wide range of Islamic lectures in various institutions particularly universities and colleges. He is also attached to foreign institutions such as the Institut Terjemahan & Buku Malaysia (ITBM) and International Journal of Nusantara Islam as freelance editor and associate editor respectively. His book entitled “Political Culture: An Analytical Study of the Meranao Political Culture in Lanao del Sur, Philippines” was published in 2013 by LAMBERT Academic Publishing in Germany.

Dr. Cayamodin has received various scholarships and awards including, among others, the Malaysian International Scholarship (MIS) awarded by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), Malaysia. He was also awarded as one of the Ten Outstanding Muslim Youths (TOMY) in 2007 by the Center for Moderate Muslims (CMM). He is the founding president of various organizations including the Quezon City Azatids Association (QCAA) in 2007; Union of Muslim Filipinos in Malaysia (UMFM) in 2013; and the Philippine Madrasah Education Advocates (PhilMEA) Inc. in 2015. Dr. Cayamodin has also appeared in various interviews of different media outlets including CNN Philippines and ABS-CBN on Islamic-related discourses as well as current issues affecting the Muslims in the Philippines.

Research Interest:

  • Islam, Politics and Democracy
  • Political Culture and Attitudes
  • Voting Behavior
  • Muslim Minorities
  • Islamic Laws
  • Islam and International Humanitarian Law (IHL)
  • Islamization of Knowledge
  • Code of Muslim Personal Laws of the Philippines (P.D. 1083)
  • Madrasah Education in the Philippines (ALIVE)
  • Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism
  • Muslim Internal and External Migration
  • Meranao Culture and Tradition
  • Theories of Islamic Economics on Banking, Trade and Investment  


Courses Taught:

  • Islamic Law on Succession and Inheritance
  • Islamic Law and Jurisprudence
  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methodology
  • Inferential and descriptive statistical analysis using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS)
  • Materials and Methods in Islamic Studies
  • Seminar: Islamic Economics on Banking, Trade and Investment
  • Islam in Southeast Asia
  • History of Islam
  • Special Topics in Islamic Studies
  • Special Rules of Procedure in the Philippine Shari’a Courts
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